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Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 940526
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This is mainly for kids , 7 euros kids, adults 10 euros gets you into 2 museums. The area of each... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MN8888
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Fun, interesting place to see and a respite from the heat

Our kids, 15-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy enjoyed our visit. At first, they were happy at the... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2018
TheSecretVagabond
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Connecticut
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Medieval and criminal Torture Museum of San Gimignano: "A collection of instruments of torture" This exhibit includes images and words, a unique world-wide collection: 100 instruments produced for causing pain and death. It shows exceptionally rare pieces dated back to the XVI, XVII and XVIII century and more recent philological reconstructions of ancient and lost instruments. Very well known instruments such as the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine, the Rack, the Interrogation Chair and the Chastity Belt. But the peculiarity of the exhibit is showing to the public for the very first time less known but very refined instruments. From the Heretic’s Fork to the Noise-maker’s fifes, to the Gatta da Scorticamento to the Spanish Spiders, these instruments prove how human imagination and sophisticated intelligence had no limit in finding new ways to inflict the most atrocious and cruel tortures. One section of museum is entirely dedicated to witchcraf, witches hunt and to the Inquisition Tribunal.
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Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is mainly for kids , 7 euros kids, adults 10 euros gets you into 2 museums. The area of each is pretty small about 20 minutes each. Be sure to take all the tickets with you as one of our family members did not...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Our kids, 15-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy enjoyed our visit. At first, they were happy at the thought of escaping the heat and humidity. Once inside, they thought it was really interesting to see the many barbaric ways people were tortured and killed. They didn’t...More

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

This torture museum is actually located in two buildings on the main street. The one ticket gets you into both buildings. They are quite small and cramped so you will have to work around crowds if it is busy. The first of the buildings closest...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Visited both buildings and was impressed with the volume and variety of exhibits. Well organized and information about time periods, countries and practices was very informative and educational. Sure the topic is dark, but segments of history worth reflecting upon.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

To visit a torture museum one has to be a little 'loco in la cabeza' It was hard reading about and viewing all the ways that man can dream up to inflict pain and painful deaths. It left me a little cold. The important thing...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

The museum is housed in 2 different buildings on the Via San Giovanni - one mid-way down on the west side and one at the southern end on the east side. A single entry ticket gets you into both. Most exhibits have an English description...More

1  Thank MPiddock
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Extremely interesting and disturbing at the same time. Worth a visit, but maybe not with children. The ticket will get you into both of the torture museums.

Thank Nicole A
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Should we read about or see in grisly detail things that have (and continue in some cases) to cause unimaginable suffering and death? yet families were going through these exhibitions... IS something wrong when see this a family entertainmen? Anyway this review takes the exhibit...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

Gave me nightmares for a long time! Very scary place. Only for adults. Avoid if you're squimish at the sight of blood. Very scary and cruel things are shown.

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

Very scary place. Good changes that you'll have nighmares about it. I would never go again in my life. Gave me nightmares for years.

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